* Posts by leexgx

314 posts • joined 19 Jan 2009

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Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

leexgx

Re: Partial article

the 'Verified by Visa' site it self looks like a scam site

first time it happened to me i was like nope, you cant even goto the homepage as the domain does not have one so does not explain what the site does, its like visa thinks the page is a secret people was very confused about it when first time even fourms did not trust it as the whois info did not seem right (this was very long time ago thought)

if 'Verified by Visa' thinks its a low risk you get the low risk redirect url (norm i see it for like a second) and you end back at the merchant site with payment completed, unless i do a payment outside the UK or the website was compromised recently (norm my bank wont even let the payment happen until the automated system calls me to allow it a second time)

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leexgx

some people cant get it right the first 2-3 times

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Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

leexgx

Re: Does this give Apple Pay the finger then?

apple pay requires you to use your finger to unlock the phone before allowing the transaction (actually i think you have to have your finger on the fingerprint sensor on the iphone as your tapping the phone on the reader for the payment) which is very secure (unless they cut your fingers off)

Android pay errrr turn screen on works the same as contactless debit or credit card witch makes it very simple to use (unlock the phone to allow transactions over £30 if the shop supports it and it resets the 5 transaction limit per no screen unlock), but there is no option to force the phone to be unlocked first (witch can be Stupid easy feature to add to Android pay app "settings > require unlock to accept payment" option, i have asked google to add this option even if its not enabled by default having it, i would use my debit card on it if it had that option)

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leexgx

Re: VerifiedByVisa always gets in the way....

low risk transactions should trigger the low risk URL response from that verified by visa site (unless you're outside the UK then i would want that to happen, as its likely fraud)

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Pay up or your data gets it. Ransomware highwaymen's attacks on small biz octuple

leexgx

Re: You can reduce/eliminate the risk yourself

Crashplan seem to work really well for me and others (on top of other local backup that is done by the servers as well)

don't even have to pay for it as any computer can host as many backups as you want but is recommended (i would use the cloud option as last resort as the crashplan cloud servers are slow for online backup and restore if outside the USA)

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AT&T pilots dedicated IoT mobile network

leexgx

Re: If your IoT things...

the price i would expect will be for all the sim devices as most IoT things don't need much data (it be like 100 devices per account or more especially with smart meters for example they only need to send once per day there meter reading unless they want more real time use, say solar system )

i can get £0.07 per 1MB on a M2M sim in the UK (its a any network sim as UK has 3 2G/3G/4G networks and 4th network that has 3G/4G only no 2G fallback) USA only has 2 GSM networks

4G is LTE

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Don't panic, but a 'computer error' cut the brakes on a San Francisco bus this week

leexgx

i dont really like airbus flight control design as its just a flying flight simulator that the pilots tell it where it goes and can lead to crashes (officially most of the crashes are pilot error but the confusion from flying the plane all the time can lead to situations when something not normal happens can cascade into a crash)

boeing planes also use fly by wire on the newest planes as well but the diferance is all they did was modernise the systems and made sure the pilot is the person who flys the plane when needed with no hindrance and confusion (no force feedback on airbus on the sticks) the automation on the new boeing planes assists the pilot but at no point does not interfere with them, most boeing crashes have been mechanical failure of some sort of pure stupid pilot flying(not error)

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leexgx

yep there should always be dual systems in place for normal brakes brakes if 1 of them fails to act it should fail safe in a way that applies the brakes , hand brake should be isolated Independent system from the normal brakes and this is a massive fail linking both of them in this way

coaches from years ago even have backup E brake handle just in case for some reason the air brakes lock the brakes open state (practically nearly impossible, but nearly is not good enough with more then 50 people and no seatbelts), you just push it down and it overrides the air brakes by forcing the brake clamps directly via a motor

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Telcos hit out against plans to hike their broadband rates

leexgx

Re: Football rights / broadband costs

ee/BT has no effect the the mobile landscape (and EE is just a virtual provider at the moment, EE is the main

even though i would of preferred it, the O2 and 3 merger would have reduced the 4 networks to 3 and given 3 overall coverage that can match or exceed EE (with native 3uk 2g fall back on o2)

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Google automates Apps OAuth token revocation

leexgx

i guess this be slightly annoying as having to re setup stuff every time i change my password that uses OAuth

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Anti-theft kill switches in smartphones just got a little less creepy

leexgx

your phone rings because its connected to the local mast location does not really have anything to do with it

unless the phone sends its active GPS or Wifi geolocation to your network operator won't know where your phone is only have an approx range of 1-2 mile of where your phone is (or active GPS/Wifi Geo) without Active pinging from the 3 masts the network operators won't know where your phone is exactly

it would require network resources to track every one (tracking one off people is likely not really that hard as long as there are 3 masts in range of the phone and the phone has them passively on standby)

some phones (like iphones, it even says it will force enable it) when you dial 112 999 or 911 the location services are automatically forced enabled and sent with the call if your country emergency services supports it (even if it's disabled on your phone)

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leexgx

Re: Is your phone lost, or stolen, or lost, or worse; in an animal's butthole?

phones do get stolen you know

think your talking about lost and left in random location (pub as i find the pub i am at right now has 2 iphones and 3 android phones behind the bar lol + the one that was dropped on the floor or left on tables and been stolen that we are not aware of)

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leexgx

Re: Effective?

no it means the phone should be permanently blocked anywhere in the world as its the device itself that is blocked not just network block where most would sell it abroad

like a IOS or OSX device can be with Find my {device} enabled or like samsung devices with the Reactivation lock enabled (it's a brick until you enter the correct email and password, even a full firmware reload does not remove the Reactivation lock/find my iphone lock Flag in the phone as when it talks to the servers to unlock it you need email/password)

why i find bit silly nowadays to steal a apple product as very high chance that find my iphone is enabled (even ipads and apple desktops and laptops use it as well, as to why it's extremely important you secure your apple account, or you end up like gawker with all devices locked or encrypted)

if google would make Android Device Danager more an requirement for device lock (as at the moment all it can do is ring, lock and erase but no Lost/stolen marker on the device so they can still sell it to another country after factory reset) if google would put a lost/stolen marker like apple do and limited degree samsung soon as the device gets past the mobile data/wifi setup stage the device would lock it self like samsung and apple do if the phone lock marker is set (or at least make it so google Play/services will never work on the device and constantly pop up with this is a lost/stolen device, if they can't use google play the phone will be a nuisance to use)

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Openreach to split from BT... so they'll be 'Legally Separate'

leexgx

Re: FTTP

Alan Brown

LOL you do understand what blowing fiber down the ducts mean ?

he not saying the the fiber has been burnt out :)

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leexgx

i see more price increases coming soon then

all this will do is make more price increases

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3GPP sets 2018 as freeze date for 5G air interfaces

leexgx

its OK the USA mobile networks will get there way and call LTE-adv (4G+) and call it 5G

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Zero-interaction remote wormable hijack hole blasts Symantec kit

leexgx

this bit was interesting

"Some of those platforms cannot be upgraded. The many users of pirate copies of Symantec's products would also likely be affected since many cracked applications block update mechanisms."

never looked at cracking it my self (i get it cheap enough any way)

i use norton on normal systems that is paid for + other protection

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TalkTalk scam-scammers still scam-scamming

leexgx

Re: It's happening again

could you imagine keeping a person on a call for 1 hour at £1.50 that be very amusing (assuming it was a scammer (only thing is not everyone is aware of the charges to none uk 070 numbers and most mobile operators don't warn you before connecting the call as well)

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

leexgx

Re: So for v10?

use teamviewer its already on the system so not that hard unticking one box in teamviewer so its not been running as a service

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leexgx

R

the easiest way to fix is Set A windows password and have it set to 5 minuets on your screen saver and if your remotely logging in tick the lock box when ending the session (it remembers it)

i would recommend disabling file transfers as well and remote recording (not tested if they still work when at the windows lock screen (i would assume they don't but i set them to deny any way)

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

leexgx

Re: @leexgx, re Windows Update.

@Shadow Systems

every system i have worked on the below updates have removed GWX and daily telemetry scan

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2976978 /quiet /norestart

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2952664 /quiet /norestart

turning off recommended update has stopped the 2 updates from been installed again (2976978 update is for windows 8 daily telemetry scan, the 2952664 daily telemetry scan is for windows 7 running the above as a batch file has no harm as the update can't be uninstalled if its not installed)

i have not turned off automatic updates off (Microsoft update is also enabled)

Note if you have had the Actual Optional windows 10 update shown in windows update (that has been presented as an important one) you need to hide it 3-4 times to make it go away (hide it check for updates and hide it again, you have to do it 3-4 times)

bigger issue i am having now is windows update taking form 1-6 hours to just check for updates (over 12 hours if its an AMD E type CPU or intel ATOM CPU) as MS has failed to make a service pack 2 for windows 7 (or a roll up update) it is having to dependency checks on 300 updates (so its like 300x300 checks) it kills any of the systems i have worked on if they are single core

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leexgx

Re: Hey Microsoft, keep up the good work!

just turn off recommended updates (this does not turn off Important updates) and no more GWX update and the daily telemetry scan update

put this in a batch file and make sure its on the desktop and run it (reboot computer once its finished)

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2976978 /quiet /norestart

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2952664 /quiet /norestart

(GWX installer), Note it can Not be uninstalled on window 8 if you let the system have internet access when you first installed windows 8 (not that i have found or bothered to try to as i norm just load windows 10 on windows 8 systems)

KB3035583

(daily telemetry windows 8)

KB2976978

(daily telemetry windows 7)

KB2952664

2952664 and 2976978 is Very bad on systems that are on HDDs as it scans the whole HDD each day (had 2 calls outs today as systems going very slow removed that update)

KB3035583 GWX update silently downloads a 2.7GB file without permission and that nag GWX box

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'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

leexgx

once you got it working you could of just reverted the windows 10 install back to windows 7 (you got 30 days to do it and i do it quite often) and TURN off Recommended updates (does not turn off important updates)

and remove these updates (batch file or via a command prompt) no more windows 10 nag screen (it has never come back on my PC or any other PCs i have done this on)

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2976978 /quiet /norestart

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2952664 /quiet /norestart

moderator these are the updates you need to remove to rid windows 10 GWX and the daily telemetry scan that slows the PC down for about 10-50 minuets depending how many files you have on your system

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

leexgx

Re: The most frustrating thing to me

"Funny the most frustrating thing to me is that it now takes a few minutes longer to check out "

rubbish , the extra time at the moment is because banks and not real banks in the USA are not using Chip and pin on there cards at the moment (as they made sure there cards Lacked chip at all) and the shop tiller has forgotten how to use it

(until the deadline last year they made sure they never issued cards that could do Chip and pin) its going to take about 5 years before Chip and pin becomes normal, in the UK when it became normal the way it happened was the smaller companies like conor shops as they go there card readers replaced (as it happens norm over 2-3 years) and as customers had there expired cards replaced the Last companies to do it was super stores or large chains (like large hardware stores and places like PC would)

Tap and Pay is aggressively been rolled out in the UK most shops have it now (apart from supermarkets but as items tend to be over £30 tap and pay is not useful there as you're forced to chip and pin) it should have complete roll out in about 3 years (some shops in Problem areas have disabled Tap and pay due to fraud and banks or the payment processor are annoying to deal with customer fraud when it comes to Tap and pay, whereas Chip and pin the customer has to prove it was not them whereas Tap and pay the shop has to prove it, even though Visa or mastercard are supposed to eat the fraud be it stolen card or customer fraud)

in any case there is no way i would use a debit card in USA (or outside of the UK any way)

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

leexgx

Re: Oh, yeah...

daft thing is just turn off Recommended updates and no more GWX nag screen (as long as you have not installed it already if so uninstall it) as long as you don't turn off windows update you get the security updates you don't need the recommended ones

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

leexgx

Re: Yet another landfill flagship

my HTC M7 turns off at 36% (think that was mostly due to me using a case battery pack) the moment i got the phone i had to use an external battery pack

every phone i have had as phones don't last more than 2-3 hours "screen on time" under my normal use and other people seem to just about make it for the day unless they are using viber or skype

i am considering the m10 but need to see battery life (be hard going from a CUBOT H1 that has 2 days Real battery use or 7 hours flat out tomtom use)

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HTC teases yet another make-or-break comeback flagship

leexgx

if it lacks stereo speakers i not even consider it over the CUBOT H1 i got now (you cant beat 2 days Real battery use or 7-8 hours of constant screen on time or tomtom use) if it had stereo speakers and 1080p screen it be golden (but it have slightly lower battery life though, the 7-8 hour of constant use is perfect for me also means les likelt to brake the USB port to repeatedly topping the battery up)

i love my HTC ONE M7 when playing and watching videos on it but don't like the battery life at all and it turns into an oven as well (HTC ONE M7 stops charging when it gets to warm in summer, not a fault of the phone but more a fault in the CPU design and thermal management that allows the phone to get to that point where you can cook eggs on it)

my HTC ONE M7 that has my 3 AYCE sim in it you can nearly count in seconds how fast the % of the battery drops (ok not that bad but phone only lasts 2 hours) , would last a little longer but the phone now powers off at 30%, but i think that is just a % bug as it tends to hang at 56% for a bit before moving again

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Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

leexgx

Re: But at what cost?

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1980s_coder

On the 3 network, genuinely unlimited data (including 4GB tethered), all the calls and texts I want, in the UK and many other countries

The data is only unlimited whilst in the UK.

In roaming it's capped at about 20 Gb, which is admittedly virtually unlimited, but technically the limit exists.

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its 12GBs now and you can only roam for free for 2 months per every 12 months (feel at home 21 locations) for £20-33 a month (AYCE)

ID mobile does even more at 29 places (but only 10GB of data for £25)

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Yahoo! kills! more! passwords! with! push! notification! app!

leexgx

Re: Trust us with your phone number!

if you keep clearing your cookies then you have to keep on proving who you are

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DDoS attacks up 149 percent as brassy booter kids make bank

leexgx

maybe services that are abused are better configured here in the uk and not used for attack as they can't (if they do most likey get shut down quickly)

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Dead Steve Jobs owed $174 by San Francisco parking ticket wardens

leexgx

how can they justify that large amount of ticket (most driving offences in oss land are not that much)

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Competition? No way! AT&T says it will sue to keep Google Fiber out of Louisville, Kentucky

leexgx

there are exceptions to the pole rules as some places have large walk ways under the ground or lots of pipes

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leexgx

Re: Pole dancing

it is the cheapest way to do it with fiber they norm have fiber Pots that sit just below the top of the poles (or one of them) so they can then quickly then get that to the premises (if its underground it can take months for them to do it so most in the UK will not offer FTTP unless it drop cable serviced, or the Ducts under the ground are new and clear)

in the UK if you're not served by a pole expect a poorer service and don't expect fibre in the next 20 years if your cable comes from under ground

they local state gives out permission to companies to use the poles and AT&T just wants to maintain their monopoly (so what a lot of states are doing is giving google its Own category , "like Lease line internet only company" which is not a cable service, so to bypass local monopoly agreements that norm prevent other ISPs from moving in)

if AT&T or who ever owns the monopoly in that area can't be bothered to offer Fibre or higher speed DOCSIS service (COMCAST....) or even Bother to maintain their copper network (other news) then here comes google fibre it's Cheap as well (i wish they would come to the UK)

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Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes

leexgx

the problem is that the places where ADSL/copper lines are been ignored to really degraded state, is where people Can't get fibre

so they need to repair the copper network so it does not brake on cold damp or rainy days or replace it with fibre (they can't just ignore it because they have the monopoly in that area) they should get Fined for not fixing reported issues Properly within 30 days for major work

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CloudFlare to launch its own 'high security' web domain registrar

leexgx

Disclosure: El Reg is a customer of CloudFlare and uses its content-distribution network.

i would not expect less :) (no really a lot of websites use CloudFlare so)

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OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses

leexgx

i am still happy with the CUBOT H1 £110 and you get 2-3 days battery life (i get 2 on mine as i use mine more than others)

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

leexgx

Re: To be clear

ok other reports are now saying its running IOS9 (not sure where i got IOS7 from unless its different case)

they should not be able to easily be able to crack their own security (updating the hacked firmware could brick the phone as well)

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leexgx

Re: Not exactly secure is it

ok orget that (below) they are running IOS 9 so apple should not be able to comply

IOS 8 or higher will not as it needs the phone to be unlocked first to accept the update (if in DFU mode phone the keys have to be wiped before it accepts the new firmware, in itunes you have to enter the pin lock code before it allows sync or IOS upgrade)

IOS 7 apple Might be able to make a custom firmware that does not tell the phone to wipe when in DFU mode or when plugged into itunes and doing manual firmware update (but screen lock should prevent an IOS upgrade)

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leexgx

Re: To be clear

to the poster you can't just clone the phone as it have to be jailbroken

other notes as your at the top, the article says the drive is running IOS 8 or 9 its Not its running IOS 7

if the device was running 8 or higher they would not be able to make a custom firmware to get into the phone as you need to wipe the phone to bypass the pinlock

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Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

leexgx

Re: Pushing it ? Why ?

"I believe it's a criminal offence in Britain to drive away from the scene of an accident."

if you was the person who caused it

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Virgin Media spoof email mystery: Customers take to Facebook

leexgx

Re: Migrated from Google to it's own

very unlikely its google more likely virgin is storing the emails in an accessible way without a password, not sure why virgin went down the trouble of moving part of the way off google mail as it worked perfectly fine until they removed all the gmail brandings and services from the account (its still a gmail account just it now only uses gmail UI now and none of its protections it had in the past)

like yahoo does accept you can see that they accessed your email account without a password on yahoo, well you used to be able to until they removed the detailed login/IP history page

it relates to this problem on yahoo

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/06/despite-its-efforts-to-fix-vulnerabilities-yahoos-mail-users-continue-reporting-hacking-incidents/#gref

that yahoo have been having for a long time and people's yahoo accounts are still been silently compromised now, they seem to login via the yahoo mail app without a password once they are in they then access the website version and then scan all emails and contacts and send a burst of spam out (this issue still happens as my customer last week had 2 out of there 4 yahoo/btinternet mail accounts accessed for spam sending, they use thunderbird)

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TalkTalk confesses: Scammers have data about our engineers' visits to your home

leexgx

Re: Yes but...

"" misusing personal data of UK citizens might not be an offence in India.""

yes but it is still an offence in the UK that talktalk have committed as a company

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

leexgx

you may find in the next month or 2 that you might lose it

it depends what your real plan is + discounts (as yours is likely the AYCE plan not "the One Plan")

as mine is £25 "The One Plan" with a rolling £2 and £5 monthly discount and i have not lost it or had an email or letter to say i going to lose it (i can get the AYCE plan for £15 so they lose £2-3 if they try to push me onto the £30 plan)

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T-Mobile US's BingeOn does break net neutrality, says law prof

leexgx

....

Picky (i just type what i think, at least it was not a wall of text)

I still think the BingeOn is fine as once you're aware of it (i assume via text and email) you can just turn it off or back on (main benefit is companies that are opted in does not count towards your data allowance)

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leexgx

big fuss over nothing

i cant see the fuss in all of this

if you don't like BringOn we'll Turn it off

simples (when t-mobile was a thing in the UK mobile broadband sticks had compression options that you could turn off and on if you wished)

if traffic shaping was permanently set to 480p like quality (600kbs?) then that would be a problem

when T-mobile was a thing in the UK can traffic shape right to the bit rate limit some how as that how it used to annoying fail in the UK, had to use a VPN to get full speeds as they was streaming the youtube video dead on bit rate it was streaming at so had no chance to refill the buffer at any time apart from when it ran out, which happened every 10 seconds (VPN active it let it fill at 30 second buffer)

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

leexgx

Re: Wuh!?

i would of thought this was the Login server that crashed (as routers that had not disconnected stayed working or the one at work never went off) they really need to make the authentication server redundant at least this time it was only 2 hours not 12

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

leexgx

just turn off recommended updates (only need important ones, unless MS moves windows 10 as a security update then there could be problems if they did that)

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

leexgx

Re: Privatisation

i believe BT was blocked from rolling out fiber in the 1990s (as it would of made them a bigger monopoly or somthing rubbish like that)

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Research: By 2017, a third of home Wi-Fi routers will power passers-by

leexgx

its not a "guest function"

its not a "guest function" its a hotspot

https://www.bt.com/btfon

you can log into that page with your BT email and password (the one that you use to access your billing page normally) and you can opt out of it then but you lose access to all of BT wifi as well

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